Here is what you need to know on this Sunday, December 27, seven days before the Washington Redskins travel to Dallas to play the Cowboys.
Notes and numbers from Redskins vs. Eagles
PHILADELPHIA—Some notes and numbers from the Redskins’ win over the Eagles.
—The win was the Redskins’ 600th of all time, including postseason. That makes them the fifth NFL franchise to reach that mark (Bears, Packers, Giants, Steelers).
—The Redskins enter Week 17 with a playoff spot secured for the first time since 1999.
—The Redskins went from last place in the NFC East (4-12 in 2014) to first place in one season for the second time in team history (2012).
—Kirk Cousins passed for 365 yards, his 11th career game with over 300 yards. That is the third most in team history.
—Jordan Reed caught nine passes for 129 yards. He now has 907 yards receiving on the year, the most by a tight end in team history.
—Reed also had two touchdown receptions giving him 11 for the year. He is the first receiver/tight end to record 10 or more touchdown receptions in a season since Gary Clark in 1991.
—DeAngelo Hall scooped up a fumble and returned it 17 yards for a touchdown. Hall is the first player in NFL history with five or more fumble return touchdowns and five or more interception return touchdowns.
—Rookie outside linebacker Preston Smith recorded three sacks, the first multi-sack game of his career and the most in a game for a Redskins rookie since Brian Orakpo got four at Oakland in 2009.
—Today’s schedule: Jay Gruden conference call 3 p.m.
—Days until: Redskins @Cowboys 7; start of NFL playoffs 13
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Former Washington Redskin Terrelle Pryor may have found a new home after a tumultuous season in Washington.
The 28-year-old wide receiver appears to be on the way to the New York Jets for the 2018 season according to Ian Rappaport.
Last season, Pryor only played in nine games for Washington and was sent to injured reserve after Week 11. His season ended with ankle surgery and it closed the book on a short stint in the nation’s capital.
In his nine games, he never got on the same page with former Redskins’ quarterback Kirk Cousins. Targeted only 37 times, the six-year veteran only had 20 receptions for 240 yards and a single touchdown.
This is coming after a 1,000-yard season on the dismal Cleveland Browns team that went 1-15 in 2016. As a free-agent, he signed with Washington on a ‘prove-it’ deal for one-year, eight million last off-season. He was expected to a significant amount of touches alongside Josh Doctson.
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With so much anticipation it was easy to say that Pryor’s lone season in Washington was a disappointment.
If he does sign with the Jets, Pryor joins a New York franchise that is still continuing to rebuild. They currently own the No. 3 overall pick in the 2018 NFL Draft and are in search of a quarterback. A year ago they finished 5-11 under third-year head coach Todd Bowles.
Transitioned to wide receiver in Cleveland, Pryor was drafted into the league as a quarterback. He spent three seasons in Oakland (2011-13) all as a quarterback making 10 starts. In Cleveland (2015-16) he made the transition to wide receiver before going to Washington in 2017.
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The Giants shipped out Jason Pierre-Paul for life as a Buccaneer, and in turn, Tampa will send a third and fourth round draft pick to New York.
Moving Pierre-Paul comes at a curious time for the Giants. The team will eat $15 million of dead money in the move, and New York also sent a fourth-round pick to Tampa as part of the transaction.
What it definitely signals is that Big Blue looks to be moving from a 4-3 base defense to a 3-4 look. Additionally, with the second overall pick in the NFL Draft in April, maybe the Giants will seriously look at NC State defensive lineman Bradley Chubb.
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For the Redskins, seeing Pierre-Paul leave the NFC East is welcome news. He has 12.5 career sacks against Washington QBs, the same amount he has against the Eagles and Cowboys combined.
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